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hercynite

[hur-suh-nahyt] /ˈhɜr səˌnaɪt/
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a black oxide mineral, FeAl 2 O 4 , of the spinel group.
Origin of hercynite
< German Hercynit (1839), equivalent to Latin Hercyn(ia silva) the Hercynian Forest (referring to the Erz Mountains and other wooded ranges N of the Danube) + German -it -ite1
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